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Resource Guarding With Other Dogs


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One of our recent adopters is having a bit of a problem with the greyhound guarding items (bed, toys, etc.) from their other non-greyhound (pug). They've had the greyhound only a few weeks, but things are going very well except for this. The dogs get along fine as long as there isn't something that each of them wants. I expect this will get better in time as the greyhound settles in, but I'm looking for some written information that I might give to the adopter to help her manage the situation. I've suggested Jean Donaldson's book, "Mine!" but am wondering if there's anything else I can recommend?

 

Pat

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Whenever Sunshine guards a bone or chewy from Rainy, I take the bone away from her and make Sunshine exit the room. I don't lead her out but body block and tell her verbally to get out, so she has to walk out on her own. Banishment and losing the wonderful yummy thing has seemed to work so far. I don't have a really hard case though so I have no clue if I doing things the right way.

 

Also wanted to add that if Rainy was looking at or trying to grab Sunshine's bone they would both get in trouble. Usually Rainy is chewing her own thing at the other side of the room and Sunshine is just looking at her growling. LOL Make sure that pug isn't trying to steal the stuff out from under the greys nose...

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Jessica

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I just talked some more with the adopter and she says it's mostly bed guarding. If the pug walks by too close to the bed or accidentally steps on the bed, she'll growl and try to nip. Any thoughts on how to best address this? I imagine the pug will learn to stay away from her bed soon.

 

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Our trainer recommended this book to us and it's excellent... Mine!: A Practical Guide to Resource Guarding in Dogs by Jean Donaldson

 

Might be more info than the adopter wants or needs, but at the very least, it's an invaluable resource for those in greyhound adoption working with adopters with this issue, or fostering dogs with this issue.

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